Losing a Loved One in an Accident: How to Navigate Loss and Law

Where do you go and who do you turn to when you lose a loved one in an accident? And how does the law fit into funeral preparations and the grieving process?


Seek Legal Help

If someone you loved was involved in a fatal accident or otherwise experienced a wrongful death, you may want to consider seeking legal advice from an experienced attorney or lawyer to pursue and receive compensation for your pain and suffering.

A law firm with a wrongful death lawyer will help evaluate your case, claims, and damages during your time of need. However, before reaching out to a local attorney, check to see if your state is a contributory negligence state before the statute of limitations runs out. In North Carolina, for example, contributory negligence means that if the victim is found even one percent at fault for the accident, they (or their loved ones) will not be able to recover the costs of lost wages, medical bills, or compensation for your personal pain and suffering. An accident lawyer in Raleigh NC will help guide you through these tough times and will even provide you with a free consultation for your wrongful death case.

If you were also involved in the accident and suffered serious injuries from it, a personal injury lawyer or a Raleigh car accident attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve for you and your loved one’s hardship at the expense of the perpetrator’s fault. Explore your legal options and receive fair compensation for your suffering and medical expenses with the help of a trained legal professional.


Speak to a Funeral Director

The sudden or unexpected death of a loved one may also be challenging to those who had yet to make funeral arrangements or otherwise prepare to celebrate the life of the recently deceased. If you had not yet had a conversation with your loved one about preparations for their death before their time of passing, and if they did not have a will, you may feel torn between making any major decisions for yourself. Should you hold a funeral service, graveside service, memorial service, or cremation service to honor their wishes? Funeral directors can help guide you through some of these decisions, and remember that you still have many other loved ones who can help and support you through this time as well — sometimes you don’t need to do everything all by yourself, especially while grieving.

What service will fit your needs best? Here’s a short breakdown of what you may need to consider when finalizing posthumous preparations:

  • Funerals are services held before the body is buried or cremated. You will still need to consider where to hold the service, and where to either bury or cremate the body. Funeral services are also dependent on time and may require a quick turnaround period.
  • Memorial services occur after the body has already been buried or cremated. If your loved one passed away in an accident, this service may allow families more time to prepare for travel and make special arrangements.
  • Graveside services are similar to funerals, however, it is held at the gravesite where the body will be buried. This option is also available in tandem with a funeral service, usually leading with a procession to the gravesite.

Regardless of the type of service you feel meets you and your loved one’s best interests, you’ll need to choose a location for it (funeral home, temple, church, etc.) in addition to your loved one’s final resting place. Although it may be hard to decide between a cemetery and cremation services, there are trained professionals who can help you make these important decisions and give you peace of mind at the end of the day.


The trusted professionals at Legacy Cremation Services will honor the life of your loved one and help answer some of these hard questions for you. Whether you are looking for guidance about cremation, how to cope, or even what benefits may be available to you now, a staff member from Legacy Cremation or Legacy Funeral Service is here to listen and care about your individual needs.

Julia Barber

Editorial Intern

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